TO OUR FELLOW SWOLDIERS AT +Beyond!

It's hard to find good fitness advice these days on the internet. A lot of people advertise their opinion as fact, but it's just opinion! An article that I found from BodyBuilding.com has a lot of great advice and examples to help us all get fit!
Enjoy!
Your friendly neighborhood trainer,
Cutler

The Clutch Diet: Get Ripped, Get Healthy

Not all nutrition plans are created equal. Follow these Clutch diet guidelines and you'll see great results in no time. Get lean, get healthy, get Clutch!

Most of us work hard in the gym to achieve the goals of feeling and looking better. But no matter how hard you work in the gym, you won't see the results you want unless you get your nutrition on track.

The Clutch diet program is easy to follow. Just select foods from the approved food list and follow these simple rules. In a few weeks, you'll be able to see and feel the incredible results.

Clutch Diet Tip #1: Drink ONE GALLON of filtered water a day.

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Plain old water helps to:

1. provide cell structure,

2. regulates temperature

3. assists with the transportation of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.

 

Clutch Diet Tip #2: Eat ORGANIC meat

Non-organic meats contain SO MANY harmful chemicals and hormones to help "beef it up" (haha, get it? :)) and the side effects of these on the body can be long-term. Therefore, go organic! This contains NO: bologna, deli lunch meats, nitrate-filled bacon, or sausage.

 

Clutch Diet Tip #3: Drink lemon juice

Sugar, alcohol, processed food, stress, medication, and environmental pollutants can all have harmful health effects that compromise hormones responsible for building lean muscle and burning fat.

Lemons are:

1. an excellent source of vitamin C 2. a powerful antioxidant that may help you ward off the common cold 3. a water-soluble fiber that can help lower cholesterol levels and high levels of potassium, which may reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.

 

Clutch Diet Tip #4: Put down the stimulants

Clutch workouts take sustained focus and energy, not a momentary lift. We suggest that you limit your caffeine intake to two cups of coffee per day. No other stimulants are necessary.

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Clutch Diet Tip #5: Choose organic for "The Dirty Dozen" 

What is the "dirty dozen," exactly? It's the top 12 fruits and veggies with the most pesticides, so choose opt for organic for quicker results!

1. Peaches 2. Apples 3. Bell peppers 4. Celery 5. Nectarines 6. Strawberries 7. Cherries 8. Pears 9. Grapes 10. Spinach 11. Lettuce 12. Potatoes

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Clutch Diet Tip #6: Eat only wild-caught fish

Like to order salmon at restaurants? You might want to reconsider. Almost all the salmon Americans eat are farm-raised, which means they are nothing but fed fish meal that can be polluted with toxic PCB chemicals, live in toxic sewage overflow flushed out to sea, and are infused with antibiotics to combat unsanitary conditions. Sound good to you? We didn't think so.

 

Clutch Diet Tip #7: Eat Fat!

Don't fall into the "low-fat" or "fat-free" trap! If you read the labels you will find that most packages that advertise those two appealing phrases usually have double the sugar or sodium and a full list of artificial ingredient to make up for the lessened fat. Instead, reach for good monounsaturated fats in foods!

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Clutch Diet Tip #8: Eat carbs!

If you cut carbs for good then start eating them again, you are going to have a bad time. Carbs are good for your body and brain! However, before you pick up a huge loaf of bread and go to town on that, read these tips below about how to pick good carbs for your body.

Cut processed carbs By "processed," we mean anything that's made with more than one ingredient. The majority of Americans favor carbohydrates that contain preservatives, fillers, and additives that are toxic to your body. To make things worse, fat cells are the body's favorite place to store carbs. The real truth is that carbohydrates don't make you fat, processed carbohydrates do.

Go gluten-free Gluten causes inflammation in the body. Inflammation slows muscle recovery, impedes digestion, and causes hormonal imbalances. Many argue that they don't have an issue with gluten, but we beg to differ. Personally, we instruct all of our clients to cut gluten from their diet; but at a minimum, anyone experiencing symptoms of gastric distress, such as bloating, should try eliminating this wheat protein.

Eliminate artificial ingredients Artificial sweeteners, colors, and fillers aren't recognizable to your body. Many of these ingredients have been banned in other countries, and we believe that non-natural ingredients are terrible for your body. We don't use them. We don't buy them. We think they should be outlawed.

Eliminate everything out of your diet that's made with artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. For calorie-free sweetness, use Stevia.

 

Think the Clutch diet might be right for you? You can go to this link and read the full article by two of BodyBuilding.com's fitness trainers!